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Travel Report: The Water Cube Beijing.

September 2018. There’s some fantastic architecture scattered around Beijing’s Olympic Green. One of the most distinctive buildings is the blue, bubble-adorned National Aquatics Center, better known as The Water Cube Beijing. This was the venue for the swimming and diving events of the 2008 Olympics. Today, it’s well worth a visit simply to see this […]

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Travel Report: The Bird’s Nest Air Corridor, Beijing.

The Bird’s Nest Air Corridor. Want to get the full picture? Before reading this why not start with my article: The Bird’s Nest Stadium, Beijing. September 2018. I hadn’t been aware there was an Air Corridor at The Bird’s Nest. Or even a Top Wonder, as whoever came up with the idea seems to have had […]

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Travel Report: The Bird’s Nest, Beijing.

September 2018. My first visit to The Bird’s Nest, Beijing’s National Stadium, came on a freezing cold morning back in January 2010. S and I had come to see The Olympic Green’s famous winter wonderland park, located in and around the stadium. The football pitch had been transformed into a giant snow and ice park […]

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Travel Report: Friends Cafe, Beijing.

September 2018. I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard about Friends Cafe in Beijing. Yes sir, an actual replica of Central Perk from the TV Show Friends. It sounded so… un-Beijing-like. Firstly, I should admit that I’m hardly the world’s biggest Friends fan. I like the show, but I’m not one of those starry eyed, episode quoting […]

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Travel Report: Galaxy SOHO Mall, Beijing.

September 2018. If you’re planning a trip to Beijing, you might not even consider a visit to the city’s largest shopping mall. But whatever you’re doing in the Chinese capital, a half an hour diversion to the amazing sight of Galaxy SOHO Mall is well worth it! Designed by the acclaimed British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, […]

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Travel Report: Tiananmen Square, Beijing.

September 2018. I very nearly didn’t make it into Tiananmen Square. I’d stupidly forgotten all about the security checkpoints and then, suddenly, I was face to face with an angry-looking guard demanding my “pass-a-port”. I felt a cold chill run down the back of my neck. But then, as luck would have it, I realised the […]

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Travel Report: The Summer Palace, Beijing.

May 2010 & January 2015. I’ve always considered The Summer Palace to be Beijing’s crowning achievement! For me you can keep the organised chaos of The Forbidden City and the understated expanse of Tiananmen Square. While these places are definitely worth seeing, China’s largest royal park certainly has way more charm. Indeed a trip here offers […]

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Travel Report: The Forbidden City, Beijing.

April 2010. Home to a succession of Chinese emperors, The Forbidden City served as the political heart of China for over five hundred years. Virtually unrivalled in scale and grandeur, some historians claim this is Planet Earth’s largest palace complex! It’s certainly China’s biggest compound of ancient buildings, with over nine hundred temples, pavilions, halls, […]

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